“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves”

This morning, even before my coffee, I went shopping to get the stuff I need for tomorrow’s gala, for our celebration of the Fourth. I found everything I need and a bit more. It took three trips to lug the bags of groceries from the car. The fridge is now full, not even a small space is available. Even the vegetable drawers are filled. Later, I’ll go over my recipes and make a flow chart. I can’t cook a big dinner without a flow chart.

Today Coffee celebrates July 4th as I won’t be posting tomorrow, my day off.

I have traditional posts for most holidays. When I try to write something new, I find I can’t do better. It seems I poured all of my feelings and memories into the very first post. One of my favorite memories is when I marched with St. Patrick’s Shamrocks, a competitive CYO drill team which also marched in local parades including the one in Wakefield on July 4th. One of my parents’ friends had a house on the parade route. Everyone would be on the lawn or the front porch to watch the parade. When St. Pat’s marched by the house, everyone yelled my name. I was both embarrassed and delighted. That’s one of my favorite memories of the day.

I just love birthdays and today is the grandest of them all. Happy Birthday, America.

On July 3rd 1776, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail. In it, he predicted the celebrations for American Independence Day, including the parties:

“It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.”

John Adams expected July 2nd to be Independence Day as that was the day the Second Continental Congress voted for independence, but the signing ceremony for the Declaration of Independence didn’t happen until two days later so because July 4th appears on the Declaration, it became the date we celebrate Independence.

I know some people complain that the meaning of the day is lost in the barbecues and the fireworks, but they have forgotten John Adams’ hope. We are honoring the day exactly as he wished. Flags are waving everywhere. Families get together to celebrate and to break bread, albeit hot dog rolls. Fireworks illuminate the sky. Baseball is played on small town fields and in huge stadiums. Drums beat the cadence in parades. We sing rousing songs celebrating America and our freedom. We also sing heartfelt songs about what America means to us. We are many sorts of people, we Americans. We don’t all look the same, practice the same religion, eat the same foods or dress in the same way, but we all celebrate today. Happy Birthday, America, from all of us Americans.

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20 Comments on ““Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves””

  1. Bob Says:

    In previous years we watched the fireworks from our neighborhood near Addisom Texas which is home to the Addison airport. Every year they put on a huge celebration called Kaboom Town. The festivities include WWII aircraft flyovers including simulated bombing runs followed by a huge fireworks display. The Airport is home to the Cavenaugh flight museum which has a large collection of vintage aircraft in all of which are in good flying condition. There is nothing like the sound of an aircraft with radial piston engines roaring overhead in flying in formation. This year they are predicting 500,000 people attending.

    We are going to spend tonight at the Embassy suite hotel in Frisco. The hotel overlooks the minor league Frisco Roughrider ballpark and they will put on a fireworks display after the game. My daughter loves fireworks on the fourth and this will give us a cool place from which to watch the festivities. If the high temperature this afternoon would be cooler than 102, I would consider going to the game. By the time the fireworks start the temperature might get down to 90 degrees. 😦

    The Embassy suites is perfect for a staycation. Every guest room is a two room suite, there’s an indoor pool, plus a free happy hour and full cooked to order breakfast. The fireworks is just the icing on the cake.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I love your celebration of staying at Embassy Suites. That makes the holiday even more special. Fireworks is, as you said, is the icing on the cake.

      Boston will be filled at the Hatch Shell beside the river for the Pops followed by fireworks. Small boats listen and watch from the river. I’d loved to be on one of those. Sitting outside on the grass near the shell for most of the day to get a good seat is a prescription for sunstroke. The rehearsal was today under awnings with plenty of cold water for the Pops and the performers. I’ll watch tomorrow night from the cool house.

      Have a great 4th of July.

  2. im6 Says:

    Can you believe it’s been 42 years since the BiCentennial? Remember how hopeful we were then? That was after Nixon’s “resignation.” Hopefully we’ll be as hopeful again once the current occupant of the White House is thrown out.

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      No, I can’t believe it. I spent that whole summer in South America. I was in Venezuela for the holiday. My traveling companion and I toasted the day.

      My sister and I were just talking about Nixon. I never muted or turned him off. I do it all the time for the current occupant. I can’t listen to him and most times I can’t stand to look at him.

    • flyboybob Says:

      Unfortunately, we would have Pence who is even worse. He’s a committed Evangelical, right wing nut case. Trump is just a loose cannon who may do anything and everything weird. Think about the fact that Pence won’t even have dinner with a woman without his wife being present because an impure thought might cross his mind. Pence would bring back prayer in public schools, fund private Christian schools with public money, restrict abortion so that it would be impossible for a woman to obtain one legally and use the bible for a legislative agenda. Maybe he is already pulling Trump’s strings. 😦

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        You’re right about Pence, but I don’t see him pulling Trump’s strings. He is a mini-Trump in some ways. I loved the video of Trump putting his bottled water on the floor. A minter two later, Pence did the same.

  3. Birgit Says:

    Happy 4th of July and have a great birthday party, dear Americans!

  4. Hedley Says:

    And the football Gods have spoken. On Saturday Christer’s Sweden will play England for a spot in the World Cup semi final
    …Are you watching Birgit ?

    • Birgit Says:

      Hedley, I really would like to but it looks like I won’t be home early enough, can your teams please add extra time and a penalty shootout 😉

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit..perhaps it’s time for you to share some of your music with the KTCC family ?
        I don’t think my heart would allow another penalty shootout after today’s against Colombia

    • olof1 Says:

      We meet too soon! I really don’t want any of my two favorite teams to lose already! I wish You good luck Mr H but I hope You lose 🙂 🙂

  5. olof1 Says:

    Happy 4th of July!

    Christer.

  6. Beatrice Says:

    Hi Kat, sounds like you have planned a wonderful celebration of food, family and friends. When growing up in NJ, we used to have similar gatherings at my parent’s home and being Italian-American, we also had pasta along with the bbq chicken, burgers and hot dogs. Mr. Adams had the right idea about celebrating America’s birthday! Tonight we will watch a fireworks display in Nashua, NH.

    • katry Says:

      Beratrice,
      My sister was horrified I wasn’t having hot dogs. She figures they are the traditional meat of July 4th, but I’m just fine with chicken. I’m sure each of the founding fathers kept chickens.

      I am moving well along with my flow chart. I have the dip, my feta cheese appie, to make in a bit then I have some meat to cook also for appies: sliders and Brazilian linguica. The last thing is the watermelon martinis. I have to make them last or I’d drink too much of it before my friends come.

      The deck looks festive and I cleaned it. I’m ready!!

      Happy July 4th!!

      • Beatrice Says:

        Everything sound good to me. Hope your holiday was festive because it certainly sounded delicious. We also enjoy linguica. Those watermelon martinis would be refreshing!

      • katry Says:

        Beatrice,
        It was a great evening even though there wasn’t a breeze to be had, and it was hot. Usually my deck gets a breeze from the south, but not July 4th.

        The linguica was delicious. It is different than the linguica I usually have, and everyone loved it.

        Yup, that martini was refreshing and went down easily.


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